People attending a predawn Mass say Pope Francis gives them hope

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September 23, 2015

People wait for Pope Francis to drive past along a street in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Alex Brandon, pool)

People wait for Pope Francis to drive past along a street in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Alex Brandon, pool)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Parishioners and visitors attending the predawn bilingual Mass at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Washington Sept. 23 were urged to pray that the pope’s words during his U.S. visit would have an impact.

Pray that “all will hear his message and that this country will receive what he says: the message of Christ,” said Capuchin Franciscan Father Moises Villalta, pastor of Sacred Heart, in his homily.

The crowd, who filled the dimly lit church to overflowing, gathered first for Mass and then to walk together to the papal parade route on Constitution Avenue about two miles from the church.

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